Are you ready to get your WordPress blog up and running?

July 11, 2009 at 4:25 pm (Focus Admin News) (, , , , )

I just completed Erin Blaskie’s Blogging Bootcamp – 10 fast paced hours of WordPress EVERYTHING in one week – and it was absolutely fabulous!  I’m great at teaching myself software, but if you’ve tried WordPress, you might have figured out that it’s just not that simple – especially if you decide you want to change some colors or aspects of your theme … then it starts to get tricky!  Now I’m able to really dig into the themes and manipulate hosted WordPress sites – a great addition to our current Virtual Assistance and Graphic/Web Design Services!

Focus Administrative is ready to assist you with everything you’ll need to set up your blog, including:

  • Hosting/domain decisions and setup

  • WordPress installation & setup

  • Theme customization

  • Plug in integration

  • Social Media integration

Since I’m so excited, we’re offering a 10% discount on blog setup now through July 17th!

What are you waiting for?  Call us now to get on our summer calendar – 715-977-0119 or shoot me an email at with your questions.

Want to learn it yourself?  I highly recommend Erin Blaskie’s top-notch training products – click here for more information on Erin’s current programs.


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I’m in love with Twitter!

March 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm (Uncategorized) ()

I’ll admit it – I’m in love with Twitter!   It took me a little bit to figure it all out, but now I’ve got the hang of it and I’m so excited at the possibilities.  I love my followers and those who I am following – so much good information and getting to know awesome people!  And, I even recently connected with my newest clients – two absolutely amazing entrepreneurs – all because of Twitter!

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Are you my ideal client?

February 11, 2009 at 2:00 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )



My ideal client is a passionate entrepreneur who:

Has bigger things to attend to. You can only do so much on your own… when you realize that there are things you’re doing that need to be delegated, you’re ready for a VA!  There’s no reason for you to do your routine administrative and marketing tasks when you should be in front of your clients making money.

Communicates well via email. Email allows us the freedom to get back to each other at our convenience and can be a much more thorough method of communication and it also gives a written reference to refer back to.

Can afford me… and is ready to invest in their business. I offer the highest value in return for my monthly retainer fee, and this value will only increase over time… my ideal client must be able to afford the monthly retainer fee they select.Is ready to partner and collaborate! I have a lot of knowledge on how to implement systems and create efficiencies that will help your business thrive – if you don’t have the time to plan and collaborate with me, you are missing out on a lot of value.

Has goals. I love partnering with entrepreneurs that have specific tangible goals and want to achieve them!  I love a good challenge!

Understands that a VA is not an Employee. Although I am typically available during my normal office hours, it is important to understand that I am not always immediately available for phone calls or on-demand assistance.

Some examples of professionals who fit this profile: coaches, consultants, authors, travel agents, real estate agents, equine-related professionals, veterinarians, chiropractors, massage therapists, wellness clinics, personal trainers … any forward thinking, motivated entrepreneur – you know who you are!!

For more information on me and what I love to do – please visit my website at



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Easy Feng Shui for Your Office

February 2, 2009 at 7:09 pm (Uncategorized)

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Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese science of balancing the energies of any given space to assure the health and good fortune of the people inhabiting the space. To help you get started with good Feng Shui in your office, follow these rules and you’ll be functioning more effectively and with less stress in no time!

  • Organize. Remove clutter on and around desk and office for a clean flow of energy.
  • Desk Placement. Sit in the corner farthest from the entrance to the room to have a “command” position; sit with your back toward wall or corner for support and face the room’s entrance- but your chair must not be directly in line with it
  • Computer Location. Your computer should go in the North or West area of your office to enhance your creativity –or- put it in the Southeast if you use it to generate income.
  • Aquariums/Fountains. Place aquariums and fountains in the East, North or Southeast. A small aquarium with black or blue fish in the North area of your desk or office will activate your business and career success.
  • Lighting. Provide good, comfortable, non-glare lighting – natural light is best.
  • Mirrors. Avoid mirrors in the office.
  • Decorative Elements. Decorate with plants, land and seascapes.
  • Balance. Use a good balance of yin and yang when decorating your workspace. Be sure to balance light and dark colors, soft and hard surfaces, and smooth and rough textures in your choice of window treatments, furniture and flooring.
  • Plants. Place a money tree, jade or prosperity plant in the Southeast corner of your desk or room.
  • Focal Point. Have a red or purple focal point in your office or on your desk (opposite your chair).
  • Be Grateful. Before you start work each day, give thanks for your blessings, prosperity and abundance. Give to receive. Share generously with others.

Source: Feng Shui Dos & Taboos, by Angi Ma Wong

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Focus Administrative – Helping busy entrepreneurs find the freedom to focus!

August 27, 2008 at 11:23 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

I am a Virtual Assistant and I am dedicated to helping entrepreneurs find the freedom to focus! To focus on their passion, their families, and themselves! I do this by working closely with select entrepreneurs, getting to know them and their business(es) and helping them organize, prioritize and delegate, thereby creating more time and space in their lives for them to do what makes them happy, or more money!

My passion is to help busy entrepreneurs, like you, move your business forward so you can find the freedom to focus!

I offer expert administrative support and project management, and my business partner and husband offers affordable graphic design (print, web, you name it!). Together we’re a great team, and we love working together! Want to see some of our recent websites? This one even features my very own personal trainer, Tera Busker, who faithfully whips me into shape twice a week (yes, that’s me in the photos – Nate did the photography as well as the customized site), take a look: Another site we just finished is a beautiful flash animated site for Odyssey Coaching & Consulting – check it out at

More questions? Need info? Visit my website at and Nate’s portfolio at (stay tuned, new flash site coming soon!).

To Your Success,


PS, I had to share this photo of me and my youngest son, Tyler, having fun this summer and, as always, loving life!

love your life

love your life

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I’m a mompreneur and sometimes I’m superwoman!

July 26, 2008 at 6:26 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

I first heard this term from Alexis Martin Neely and immediately identified with it and started calling myself a ‘mompreneur!’  I am a mom and am so lucky to be at home, able to be with my children for events or when they are ill, and also living my dream of being an entrepreneur and helping people succeed!   Sometimes, though, this requires me to be, well, superwoman!  I’m up to the challenge – bring it on … and I am loving every minute of it!

You see, I haven’t always had this freedom of living my ideal life … in fact, I’ve only been out of the corporate world for a year.  I was a legal assistant for 13 years, thinking that was what I needed to do to provide for my family.  I did it because it’s what I was ‘supposed’ to do.  My intution (which, by the way, I listen to a lot these days) told me it was all wrong… leaving the house before my children woke up to drive 35 minutes to hop on a bus for another 30 minutes to arrive downtown Minneapolis, to the ritzy law firm I worked for.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved what I did – the challenge of working with attorneys was a new adventure every day.  Anticipating their needs and being able to give them what they needed before they even realized they needed it was a great feeling.  The thing was, I couldn’t work away from home 12 hours a day and still be there for my kids the way I needed to be; I couldn’t be the wife and mother that I so needed to be for my family.  There was no balance and I had no life of my own.

The good news?  I made a plan and put my mind to building my own Virtual Assistance business, and now, just 10 short months after starting Focus Administrative, I have a full practice of my ideal clients, I belong to fun and supportive networking groups and love, love, love my life!  I actually have time to pay attention to my kids and play with them, I have time to be a doting, loving wife, an innovative forward thinking entrepreneur helping my clients propel forward and value me to no end; and I get to play outside with my horses every day.  I take jumping riding lessons, work out, get massages monthly, eat healthy and truly enjoy each and every day working with my clients!  I have a team behind me and couldn’t do it without them!

To keep things interesting, I am also currently studying to become a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist, so look forward to Tips and Tricks on the new Microsoft products, including Vista, Word 2007, Excel 2007, Powerpoint 2007, Outlook 2007 and Access 2007.

PS – If you have children and you don’t know who Alexis Martin Neely is … you must go here.  Alexis, you go girl – You’ve got it!

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